June 18, 2012 Category : Jobs & Careers
BANGALORE: The Anglo-Dutch personal care major Unilever is planning to move some jobs to Bangalore as part of a restructuring exercise that would involve relocating some 400 high capability roles from Unilever's IT site in Ewloe in Wales.
The company's R&D centre in Bangalore contributes to brands including Lifebuoy, Pureit, Ponds, Fair and Lovely, Radiant, Omo, Brooke Bond, Lipton, Walls and Knorr.
Around 300 employees work at the site, including 75 scientists, 150 research associates and 50 support staff - specializing in microbiology, virology and microstructure creation.
Unilever is changing some elements of the UK business to sustain its competitiveness. The overhaul could result in a net reduction of around 500 Unilever roles in the UK. There would also be potentially the loss of around 300 associated contractor and third party roles, the company said in a statement.
Amanda Sourry, chairman - Unilever UK and Ireland, said, "Like many companies today, Unilever faces the challenge of creating growth opportunities against a backdrop of very tough economic conditions in Europe. While Unilever is growing well in the UK and globally, it will always be necessary to make changes, which raise our game and ensure our continued success. We believe these proposals would substantially strengthen our platform for long-term growth and competitiveness."
The company is also focusing on improving how it is organized to fuel growth including making the most of its global scale through the creation of fewer, bigger, better hubs for manufacturing and business services. The FMCG major has over 171,000 employees, and generated annual sales of 46.5 billion euros in 2011.